Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reentry Stickers

Not long ago I posted information about resident priority stickers for the Hatteras Inlet ferries. Just the other day I received a request from the Hyde County Emergency Management office asking me to post a notice about the issuance of Ocracoke Island Reentry stickers.

All island residents should know about these stickers, and island visitors might be interested in knowing about them also. In the event of an emergency (primarily a major hurricane that prompts a mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island) county officials want to limit immediate access back to the island after the event. Experience has shown that residents generally need several days for clean up (cutting and removing fallen trees, retrieving personal items, powerwashing steps and porches, etc.) and repair (replacing missing shingles and broken glass, fixing damaged boats and outboard motors, etc.). The electric company needs time to repair wires, transformers, and other equipment in order to restore power. Governmental organizations may need days to repair roads, bridges, ferry docks, campground facilities, etc. And it takes several days for delivery trucks to resume services to the island.

The county issues reentry stickers to residents who can provide a valid North Carolina driver's license and vehicle registration with an Ocracoke address. If these items show only a PO Box, a tax or utility bill with a physical address is needed. Non-resident owners of improved Ocracoke property are eligible for a reentry sticker by presenting proof of property ownership and a tax or utility bill.

If you qualify for reentry stickers you can obtain them at the Ocracoke Community Center on the following days:
  • Wednesday, May 19, 4pm - 7pm
  • Thursday, May 20, 1pm - 4pm
  • Friday, May 21, 9am - 12pm
You may also obtain stickers by faxing or mailing the appropriate items to the Hyde County Emergency Management Office, PO Box 95, Swan Quarter, NC, 27885.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates colorful islander Don Wood (1936-1998). You can read it here:


  1. Phillip,
    Do you have a fax number for Hyde Management and thanks for posting this info. They usually come in June, so I will have to send info as I do not arrive until 6/4. Thanks, marci mason

  2. The fax number is 252-926-3701.

  3. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Speaking of emergencies-- have you read the report in the paper of a possibility the Gulf of Mexico currents could bring the oil slick or parts of it to the eastern shores of the United states ? I suppose anything is possible have you noticed lately an inordinate amount of tar on the shore??

  4. There is no oil or tar on our beaches...and I think there would have to be an unusual convergence of unlikely events to bring the oil this far.